Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Sept. 14, 1995
STATUS REPORT : S-19950914
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Vehicle: OV-102/Columbia
Mission number: STS-73
Location: Pad 39-B
Primary payload: USML-2
Astronauts: 7
Orbital altitude: 172 statute miles
Inclination: 39 degrees
Mission Duration: 15 days, 22 hours
Launch date: Sept. 28 9:35 a.m. EDT
Landing date: Oct. 14 7:29 a.m. EDT


· Hypergolic storable propellant loading operations
(oxidizer complete, fuel in work)
· Flight Readiness Review


· Retract rotating service structure for auxiliary power unit hot fire
(Friday, 9:30 a.m.)
· Auxiliary power unit hot fire
(Friday, 12 Noon)
· USML battery charging and experiment fit checks (next week)


· Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) at 11 a.m. Tuesday
· Solid rocket booster nozzle repair and confidence work

NOTE: Each auxiliary power unit will be run in sequence for seven minutes. The hot fire may not be performed until after 4 p.m. due to readiness or weather conditions.

Atlantis/OV-104 (STS-74) Russian MIR-2 Docking Module
OPF Bay 2

An Interface Verification Test (IVT) of the Orbiter Docking System (ODS) is in work today. A functional test is scheduled for Friday. On the Russian MIR-2 Docking Module, electrical connections with the orbiter are being complete today. The IVT is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and last two days. A state-of-health check will follow on Thursday. Servicing of the water spray boilers and potable water servicing is being performed today. Technicians continue installing heat shields around the three main engines. On Saturday, the astronauts will conduct the Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT).

Payload closeouts will begin on Sept. 25 and the payload bay doors will be closed for flight on or about Sept. 27.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis’ solid rocket booster repair work is scheduled to begin on Sept. 24 in the Vehicle Assembly Building. Atlantis’ rollover to the VAB is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 2.

OPF Bay 1

Work continues to prepare Discovery for the ferry flight to Palmdale. The ferry flight OMS pod installation is now underway and will conclude later Friday or early Saturday. The payload bay doors will also be closed on Saturday, and the ferry flight tail cone installed next week. Discovery will be towed to the Shuttle Landing Facility on Sept. 25 for mating to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The ferry flight is scheduled to begin on Sept. 26.


Landing is scheduled at KSC on Monday, Sept. 18 at approximately 7:41 a.m. weather permitting.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Shuttle Landing Facility

Today’s minimum temperature: 75 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 88 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 69 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 18 mph/SE
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: .02 inches
Total monthly precipitation: 3.58 inches
Barometric pressure at 7 a.m.: 30.10


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